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From journal The Queen City
New York, New York
February 10, 2006
Believe it or not, there's plenty more to Cincinnati, Ohio, than Pete Rose, those embarrassing Bengals, and race riots. For one thing, Cincinnati brought the world Sarah Jessica Parker, without whom there would be no “Sex and the City.” (Can you imagine?) More importantly, however, the city that serves as a Gateway to the South is also known for its dining, fine and otherwise.
For any visitor to the `Nati, no matter how long or what the purpose of the visit, trips to Skyline Chili and Graeter's are required. Skyline Chili is the most famous purveyor of Cincinnati chili (others include Gold Star and Empress), a tradition of chili served over spaghetti noodles with any combination of cheese, onions, and/or beans (otherwise referred to as a three-, four- or five-way). Secret ingredients include chocolate and cinnamon--how can you go wrong? Try it with root beer for a pairing as good as prime rib with red wine.
For pure bliss, but possibly a gastrointestinal nightmare, stop by Graeter's for dessert. The old-fashioned ice-cream maker frequently makes appearances on the Food Network, as well as national publications' lists of the best ice cream in the country. Order a "chip" flavor, such as Mint Chip, Mocha Chip, or Black Raspberry Chip, and you'll be amazed not just at the size of your chocolate chunks, but the dark richness of the flavor. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
From journal Hidden Cincinnati
by J. Stephen
July 25, 2005
Skyline first opened in Cincinnati in 1949, and was named for the view from the original location. The proprieter was Nicholas Lambrinides, an immigrant from Kastoria, Greece, who was fulfilling his dream of coming to America and opening a restaurant. Nicholas used family recipes handed down to him from his mother and grandmother back in the Old World.
People loved Skyline Chili and the dish gained an almost cult-like following. The enterprise has grown until today there are dozens of Cincinnati area restaurants serving the recipe that has become known throughout America as Cincinnati-style chili.
Nothing at all like Texas chili, Skyline Chili is a spicy but mild meaty sauce, poured on a plate of spaghetti and topped with huge mounds of shredded mild cheddar cheese. That's the three way. You can also have the four way (add onions OR red beans), or the five way (add onions AND red beans). It is served with oyster crackers. Skyline is also famous for their Coney Dogs, also piled high with chili and cheeze.
Just before writing this tip, I went to our neighborhood Skyline Chili for lunch and took this picture before I ate. Now I'm going to email this page to my son, Chris, who now lives in Denver, CO. It will make him so homesick and hungry. Every time he returns to Cincinnati, we head for Skyline Chili.
From journal Cincinnati, Ohio: My Home Town
June 2, 2003
From journal Skyline Chili
July 17, 2001
"Cincinnati" chili is different than "Texas" chili because it has no beans. This makes it a great topping for a chili-cheese dog, aka a "cheese coney". My personal favorite meal at Skyline is two cheese coneys (with onions) and an order of garlic toast. The coneys are the best when you can't take a bite without chili and cheese oozing out the back end. (I'm starting to drool as I write this article. I'm going to have to head down to visit my parents in Cincy pretty soon just to get my Skyline fix!)
Another popular menu item is the "3-way". This is spaghetti topped with chili & cheese. Or you can upgrade to a "5-way" (chili, cheese, beans, & onions). Personally, I prefer the coneys, but try it for yourself and see what your favorite is.
From journal Simply Cincy
July 18, 2000
From journal Jewels of the Queen City- A Guide to Cincinnati
July 9, 2009